Commissioning for Existing Federal Buildings  

Education Type: 
4.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
4.5 LU|HSWs
0.5 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This course is designed for Energy and Facility Managers who manage commissioning processes for existing Federal buildings. Focusing on proven strategies in the Federal sector, the training is designed to achieve the maximum benefits of commissioning efforts. Specific Federal applications such as laboratories and data centers are discussed within the overall context of helping Federal staff maximize operational efficiencies including cost and energy savings. There is an emphasis on employing best practices to select and execute improvements that incorporate processes to ensure the persistence of the efficiency outcomes.


Ed St. Germain, Director of Energy and Environment Support, Enviro-Management & Research, Inc.  

The instructor for this course is Ed St. Germain, Director of Energy and Environment Support at Enviro-Management & Research, Inc. Mr. St. Germain has more than 37 years public and private sector facility, maintenance management, and energy technical assistance experience, specifically in reliability centered maintenance (RCM), retro-commissioning, and energy saving alternatives. During the last twelve years, he has managed long term O&M support contracts, first for NASA Headquarters, and currently for DOE FEMP. He co-authored two EERE O&M handbooks - Commissioning for Federal Facilities (which has an accompanying e-Learning course) and the Energy Savings Assessment Training Manual.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn to manage the process for commissioning an existing Federal building including:

  • Considering the expertise needed to lead the commissioning activity or to supplement in-house capabilities;
  • Determining which systems will be commissioned or whether whole-building commissioning will be employed;
  • Planning for the commissioning activity including key data collection, an effective kick-off meeting, and a targeted written plan;
  • Conducting the commissioning activity including functional performance testing, diagnostic monitoring, observation, and group and individual interviews; and
  • Developing the master list of findings, prioritizing those findings for implementation, and employing persistence strategies once improvements are completed.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: